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I Have a Dysfunctional Family

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    My mother is illogical

    and irrational. She is beyond nosy and loves to eavesdrop on everyone else's private conversations. She is an authoritarian type who enjoys criticizing and belittling others, and constantly jumps to conclusions that have absolutely no basis in reality. For her, the only...
    justsharing justsharing 56-60, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    Learning To Accept My Dysfunctional Family

    Everyone wants to have the perfect family. You know, the one where every one loves each other, are happy to be together, and family members gets along well with each other. Holidays are celebrated together, accomplishments are encouraged etc. The fact is, most families are far...
    Amantcul Amantcul 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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    My sister and I have been close pretty much all

    our lives with the exception of a few times we had differences and didn't talk to each other. I was responsible for her and my brother from a young age due to my mothers mental incapacity. I set the bar very high be expected maybe the impossible from both of them. All of form...
    FeelingCrazy FeelingCrazy 46-50 Feb 9

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    I am 25 years old and have recently moved back

    home to live with my parents for a few months. I always knew my family was extremely dysfunctional growing up, but I always thought that was just part of the 'teenage angst' experience. Now that I am an adult, it is increasingly apparent that the problem was not all in my head...
    Thristic Thristic 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 20

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    To pretty much sum up how dysfunctional my

    family is that my mom and dad are drug addicts also where though to have been suspects of murdering a couple guys (not to sure how true it is tho) so I gotten taken away from CAS then my aunt came and took me in I was raped and molested threw out my childhood one person who...
    KaylaDem33 KaylaDem33 18-21, F 5 Responses May 10

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    Seriously they will fight over anything,

    my mom and grandma. It's not just arguing either, they have to break **** and pull the entire family into the drama. I am so sick of this. My grandma just had to leave to take my baby sister to get stitches from falling, but my mom and her are fighting at the same time, so they...
    Majesticscribbler Majesticscribbler 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    I'm having dinner with my family?

    What the hell was I thinking! I don't even want to see my aunt and her eyes that enjoy looking down on us and most certainly don't want the company of a sibling who thinks I'm a lost cause. Together with the mom who does everything for her FAKE depressed daughter. Yes. My family...
    MadNocturnes MadNocturnes 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 15

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    Weird thing has been happening.

    I believe when I leave my laundry in the bathroom, my stepson is ************ on my pants! I try to get my laundry out of there every day, but sometimes I'm in too much of hurry. What should I do!!!! Gross!! He's also been caught previously hoarding clothing from me and my...
    ikissedafrog ikissedafrog 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 16

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    I am an 18 Y.O. male

    and I live with my parents and two brothers. I am currently studying to go to University. I apologize in advance if this article seems a bit jumbled, I am stressed out at this particular moment. But yeah, my family are so dysfunctional, can anyone help with advice for me? My...
    MrNostrand MrNostrand 18-21, M Apr 11

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    I Am Not...

    I am not your punching bag, your inferior, or your animal. I am not made of stone, I have feelings and I don't forget. Things could have been so much more, If you only would have let it. You were my role model, my friend, and my everything. Well you had to go and **** that up...
    Canadian45 Canadian45 22-25 1 Response Nov 15, 2012

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    Verbally abusive mother

    and fatass retard of a dad who does things intentionally to make me angry
    PsychoticPsychologist PsychoticPsychologist 13-15 2 Responses Apr 28

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    I just read this and WOooow is

    that me. "Placater" - "Mascot" - "Caretaker" This child takes responsibility for the emotional well-being of the family. They become the families 'social director' and/or clown, diverting the family's attention from the pain and anger. This child becomes an adult who is...
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F 1 Response May 1

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    My family is like a building built on unstable

    foundation. Throughout the years it shakes and crumbles until it starts falling. Then in time to come all that will remain is what used to be. Ugly remains that hold memories that need to be forgotten...pain...despair...resentment...hatred...just a few happy memories. but not...
    kikimyst kikimyst 18-21, F Apr 18

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    As I get older I realize I'm happy I grew up

    how I did.. I'm only 17 but boy have I learned some lessons to use in life. My parents were split and had shared custody of me and my brother week on week off as far back as I can remember. Even though both my parents are struggling in life from completely different situations...
    MacieMakenna MacieMakenna 18-21, F Jan 20, 2014

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    I've dealt with my dad's crap

    for years. Ignored me, called me a stupid *****, we never really talked. He seemed to put in a lot of effort into making me feel bad. It got to the point that I didn't know if it was just me. He threatened to batter me a lot. He hardly ever did. But then there was my brother...
    Oaza Oaza 13-15, F Feb 15

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    If there's one thing I'm always jealous about

    other people is them having a happy family.
    gwenllian gwenllian 22-25, F 6 Responses Sep 20, 2014

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    I know no one is perfect- there's really no

    such thing as perfect, but I hate that my family is so dysfunctional. My father is an angry drunk that uses coke, never was really there for us growing up. He treated us like ****, constantly putting us down and beating us. I blame him for me not knowing how to love and be...
    blissfulreverie blissfulreverie 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 12

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    My Parents Are Both Dead Now

    And finally I can stop denying how appallingly they treated me my whole life. My mother rejected and ranted and raged at me, my father ignored and avoided and dismissed me. There was no love, there was no attention, there was no contact or intimacy . . .and for years I was sure...
    dispossessed dispossessed 46-50, F 5 Responses Nov 22, 2013

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    If I Have An Evil Step Mother, Where'S My Prince?

    Two years ago, I moved out from my house. Not by choice but because my step mom kicked me out and what hurts most is that my dad proceeded to allow her to do this. I lived with my mom for about a month afterward but that didn't last long before we started fighting as well. I now...
    bug14 bug14 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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    My mom has a legitimate mental issue,

    my dad looks like he's slowly dying day by day, my older sister isn't around at all anymore, and my little sister is just doing her thing. My brain is a complete mess at home. My parents make me hate myself. Their words and actions destroy me. And im sorry to say this but...
    anonamanda001 anonamanda001 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 28

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    My mom and I were homeless.

    Mom was basically dying and I had dropped out of high school. And I was at my aunt's "house." My aunt told her boyfriend that I was a "gift" for him. So my mom called my dad and begged him to let me stay with him so that I could finish high school and not be homeless and...
    Acebo Acebo 18-21, F 10 Responses Aug 10, 2014

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    I Have A Dysfunctional Family

    So here's my story. I grew up in a very emotionally abusive home. My dad who was a former alcoholic had rage and anger issues that would constantly spill out onto us, he would blame us for everything under the sun all the time. I just remembered being scared that I was going to...
    z4e71 z4e71 31-35, F Nov 19, 2013

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    I'm Scared of My Mother

    That sounds lame, maybe, but my mother can be scary. She has extreme mood swings, and even to this day I don't know how to deal with her. She will want to go out for mother daughter time, when maybe the night before she called me full of hate, anger, resentment, etc. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 18 Responses Jul 19, 2009

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    GlitzandGlamber GlitzandGlamber 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 4

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    Something about the cold winter makes me feel

    more vulnerable and more alone. I called my mom today to ask her for a favor and of course she guilt tripped me and then I retorted back condescending remarks about the role that she still has yet to fulfill. As I mocked her parenting abilities I was waiting for her to...
    KelseyLeigh123 KelseyLeigh123 22-25, F Nov 15, 2014

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    My sister is in am "I'm moving" high.

    .. I knew that she wanted to move and she didn't want to move with our other sister this time, but now she's talking about that she doesn't want to move with me now. I'm totally fine about it. I don't see why she's mad at me though. I didn't do anything wrong. I think she's...
    CharleeLuv CharleeLuv 18-21, F Feb 23

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    Fxcked.

    Well my mums an alcoholic, I have bipolar and I self harm, and my step dad seems to think my older sister is depressed because her room is messy. Sigh.
    Blenkinsop4 Blenkinsop4 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    I'm slightly worried,

    yesterday I got out of the shower without a towel because there wasn't one in the bathroom. So I had to walk across the landing nude, but my sister came out of her room and saw me. She just stood there without saying anything. I think she was shocked. But since it happened she...
    Robson11 Robson11 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 8

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    Normal

    Funny how I view dysfunction as "normal" until I see what a normal life actually is. Sometimes my family reminds me of a bunch of string, tied together tighter then what is comfortable. I'm the stray piece trying to cut myself loose, but alas, a piece of string has no hands...
    RunningBlue RunningBlue 18-21, F 2 Responses May 26, 2011

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    Hello. I am a 23 year old male,

    and this is my story that I want people to know. It all began back in my old home. My parents were great and wonderful parents to the eyes of the outside world. For example, church, school, friends, public settings. Everybody loved them and everybody wished to be like my...
    familymaynotbeforever91 familymaynotbeforever91 22-25, M 3 Responses Feb 25

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    I Am Tired Of The Hell That My Family Has Bestowed On Me!!!

    Growing up I had no idea what a normal family was like. I wasn't even aware that mine was abnormal as we were sheltered and I didn't have a frame of reference.  All I knew was that I was unhappy and that it seemed no one got along.  I also knew that my parents argued, nagged...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 7 Responses May 27, 2013

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    Here it goes ... I never got the love I really

    needed from my mom or dad. Yes they provided food on the table clothes on my back a shelter . But my home doesn't feel home I have a 10 year old brother who my mom had later in life . I'm the oldest sibling I have a middle brother age 18 . My parents have a horrible marriage...
    fiestychica fiestychica 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 19

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    Sprry I won't be on here

    for a long time I'm not leaving plz understand its family crap
    Botdf1shutup Botdf1shutup 16-17, F Jan 30

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    My das is fighting with my step mom again.

    ... He Left the house 5 years ago, And they keep fighting... I try to not lisent to them, but is hard....
    Healinghate Healinghate 18-21, M Mar 18

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    TellySR TellySR 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 7, 2014

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    You Are Not Alone, Take My Advice And Just Walk Away.

    My mother is the definition of pure evil. She let me know at an early age that she hated me. She beat me mercilessly for no reason, has knocked teeth out of my mouth when I was 12, refusing to replace it. Denied me basic necessities, that heaven that I have an aunt who has...
    Amnestic Amnestic 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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    Yes, my family is dysfunctional.

    Now what? Where do I go from here. I find myself asking these things because I'm trying to fix myself. Sitting around looking at how I'm broken, and even the reasons why is not helping me. I went to a therapist. He made me pay him even though all he did was make me tell him...
    krrimarte krrimarte 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    Does anybody else have an evil step mother like

    a really horrible jealous one that doesn't allow you to see your other siblings 😡
    ameliah1 ameliah1 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    When i was 12 a torture began

    that i would endure for another 2 years. My dad was an awful man, and there are days i still wake up crying, and terrified. I tell you this because ive been told its good to talk about it. To tell people, and ep has become the only place i can truly talk about things.
    Ashleyy2 Ashleyy2 18-21, F 13 Responses Aug 13, 2014

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    Only for my mum he would have hit me by now,

    several times. she thinks its ok to live this way and to choose her alcoholic partner over her own daughter.. no wonder I'm so ******* messed up
    abeautifuldisasterx abeautifuldisasterx 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 30

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    An Isolated Childhood

    Please don't fall asleep, this is the short version. It is a story that I hope explains why you should never hold someone you love to tightly for you may cause permanent irreparable damage. Okay, deep sigh, here is my story. I am the youngest of 3 siblings and thinking about it...
    angelgenie angelgenie 26-30 22 Responses Jun 13, 2008

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    Apparently my first cousin moved into the same

    town as my family. We only found out because my uncle decided to tell my father that my cousin had a baby. Apparently my uncle is scared my father might actually talk to his niece. What a crime that would be. My brother is the same way, he no longer talks to anyone from my...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    My both of my parents are deceased.

    They had a horrible marriage. My father married my mother because she was pretty and my mother married my father because he had a nice job. They had a bitter divorce and the whole kid thing was sorta confusing. They both passed away in the last 18 months ---I knew more...
    robertsnj robertsnj 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    Anti-family

    I've had depression and low self esteem for most of my life. Family members capitalized on this during a hard time in my life and as I trusted them they worked to erode my remaining self-esteem. Criticisms, jabs at my skills, lots of gossip and rumor spreading, and actual...
    xp4td xp4td 26-30 3 Responses Nov 22, 2013

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    Here is the thing....

    i realy dont know whats going on with my family but anytime i have an encounter with them its never for the better, it has come to a point that the mere thought of spending time with them gives me the most depressing feeling. my dad currently has this mindset that my siblings and...
    Emmanuelo Emmanuelo 26-30, M Feb 24

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    I am getting married soon

    because it is my only "ticket out" to live away from my family. In my culture girls can't live by their own , except few. So I planned for this, a 1-3 years marriage until i become financially stable and then move out after getting a divorce. Do any of you have slimier...
    keiyee keiyee 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 23

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